DRESDEN, Germany -- Digital signal processor startup Systemonic AG here today announced a DSP chip set geared toward emerging broadband wireless standards in Europe and North America. The new HiperSonic design contains a proprietary DSP architecture and platform methodology, called OnDSP.
HiperSonic is capable of meeting both the new European HiperLAN/2 and American IEEE 802.11a standards, which operate at 5 GHz, said Karl Lange, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Systemonic. These new standards not only reduce signal interference but also allow much higher data rates (50 megabits or more per second) compared to Bluetooth's 1-Mbit-per-second speed.
Lange, who is also the acting CEO of Systemonic, said the HiperSonic chip set has the potential to handle both the new standards and emerging requirements for broadband wireless transmissions used in "killer applications such as Internet TV." The market opportunity created by these new standards could reach several billion dollars by 2004, according to Lange.
Systemonic said its HiperSonic solution is a fully programmable platform, addressing the physical layer of both standards in software. Systemonic's OnDSP-based architecture allows changes to be made in the software layer--a solution not currently available to traditional hardwired methodologies, according to the company.
"Our application specific OnDSP approach is breakthrough technology and potentially applicable to all new broadband wireless industry standards," predicted Gerhard Fettweis, co-founder and chief technology officer of Systemonic. "This includes the Japanese MMAC and any new, higher bandwidth version of Bluetooth." He added that, "The dual-mode HiperSonic is a first step towards a unified hardware platform for the upcoming broadband wireless standards in the 5 GHz range."
The Dresden-based startup plans to begin shipping HiperSonic chip sets during the first quarter of 2001.